Push Up Pump is a new exercise device you may have seen on the shelves of your local stores. It has a similar design to the UpperCut from Bowflex. Of course this is not a coincidence, as every new fitness device that comes out has a cheaper alternative in stores. Sometimes these are a good deal over the expensive items sold on TV, while others are sad knockoffs that don’t live up to the claims. Does the Push Up Pump hold up? Let’s review.
What is Push Up Pump?
Push ups are one of the best exercises for upper body strength and overall fitness. Companies have capitalized on this by releasing products that provide a greater range of possibilities and/or increase intensity to the basic pushup. Products like the perfect pushup, or standard pushup bars have found there way into homes around the world, and Push Up Pump is the latest product hoping for the same success. The device works as kind of a backwards bench press with your chest resting on a cushioned plank with hand grips extending from side arms. As you push down on the machines arms it moves the plank up as though you are bench pressing yourself. You have the option of three resistance cables which will add up to 65 pounds of resistance. In addition to the resistance, Push Up Pump provides options for different push up position. The arms have three hand grips for standard width, close, or wide.
What’s good abut Push Up Pump?
The different handgrips allow for targeted workouts to focus more on triceps, shoulders, back, etc. The structure of the device positions the user in a way different than a traditional pushup creating a different kind of workout. The added resistance is nice and works well to target the arms.
What’s bad about Push Up Pump?
First off, while it is sturdy and stable, some parts of the construction seam cheap and may not hold up so well over time. Also the design does not allow for very deep push ups. The fact that you can only move about halfway compared to a regular pushup almost cancels out the positives of the added resistance and makes the Push Up Pump a decent arm workout, but a poor tool for chest workouts. Furthermore, the $100 it goes for in stores is a little high for what you get.
The Push Up Pump has some good ideas and some good designs but it also has its flaws. The good aspects are simply not enough to justify the price. This would be a great product at $19.95 or pretty good if it was $30-$50, but for $100 you could definitely find something better. In the end, it’s just not worth it.